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HARTFORD, CT — Lawmakers in Connecticut approved a bill Wednesday aimed legalizing industrial hemp cultivation in the state. The Senate voted 36-0 to approve the measure, House Bill 5780, which previously passed the House by a vote of 142-2. Once enacted, the bill will allow Connecticut to begin industrial hemp pilot and research programs through the Department of Agriculture and the state’s higher education institutions, in accordance with new federal regulations introduced last year. The bill defines 
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A new report finds black people remain more likely to face pot charges in Colorado, where cops are performing thousands of fewer arrests in keeping with the Colorado pot  pioneering legalization law. Legalization advocates generally note unequal enforcement outcomes alongside arguments that regulation can reduce criminality and reap tax windfalls. Colorado and Washington voters took the leap in 2012, followed by Alaska, Oregon and District of Columbia voters in November. Colorado’s legalization law allows most adults 
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US govt-funded agency admits marijuana can kill cancer cells The National Institute on Drug Abuse, a US federal government research institute whose mission includes “bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction,” has officially admitted that marijuana extracts can kill cancer cells. The institute has revised a page on its website entitled “DrugFacts: Is Marijuana Medicine?” citing a recent study conducted by a group of scientists at St. George’s University, London. 
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Two Democrats from Oregon have teamed up with two Republicans from Kentucky to introduce a bill that would legalize industrial hemp cultivation and production nationwide. WASHINGTON, DC — A bill to legalize industrial hemp cultivation and production nationwide has been filed in the United States Senate with bi-partisan support, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The bill, Senate Bill 134, was filed last week by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).  The bill is co-sponsored by Senators 
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  States with legal hemp cultivation and medical marijuana programs just got historic support from Congress. Included in the federal spending bill released late Tuesday are amendments that prohibit the Department of Justice from using funds to go after state medical marijuana operations and that block the Drug Enforcement Administration from using funds to interfere in state-legal industrial hemp research. “The enactment of this legislation will mark the first time in decades that the federal 
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Many people do not know this but, according to People vs Van Alstyne [Crim. No. 25231. Court of Appeals of California, Second Appellate District, Division Three. April 8, 1975.], that “marijuana” and hemp are the same plant. The bill also lets universities to do hemp research and state agriculture departments to do pilot studies. – By Phillip Smith – Drug War Chronicle – 2014 The omnibus federal farm bill approved by Congressional conference committee negotiators 
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7/8/2014 This past 4th of July weekend reminds us all what it means to be American, have freedom, independence, free speech, and the right to the pursuit of happiness.  It is so powerful that we have the option to create our own bills/initiatives/measures/amendments, gather signatures, get them on the ballot, and make them real laws in our country.  We are reminded of all the prisoners and fallen soldiers of cannabis prohibition who have suffered, some 
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New York legislature has passed a medical marijuana bill today and Governor Andrew Cuomo has already pledged his support to sign it!  After a lengthy, emotional debate, the Senate voted 49-10 to approve the bill, which would authorize marijuana for therapeutic purposes for patients with serious diseases or conditions like cancer, AIDS, and epilepsy. Medical cannabis program is due to be up and running within 18 months.  This includes the legalization of medical cannabis concentrates 
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